Colombo is Sri Lanka’s capital and most commercially successful city. In a country known for its rural appeal, this is where travelers go to experience the big-city side of Sri Lanka. The actual administrative capital was moved a few miles east of the city, but an energetic, commercial atmosphere persists in Colombo.

Hotels in Colombo span budget guesthouses, five-star giants and everything in between. Boutiques hotels in colonial neighborhoods are a growing trend. These are within walking distance of museums dedicated to Dutch and British colonial periods along with caf├ęs and international restaurants finished with antique furnishings.